The few remaining leaves still on their plants also get some garland from mother nature.
|Beautiful crystal formations|
I walked by it a hundred times and never saw the clandestine residence. I don't know what bird made this nest, but probably not a robin (too messy) or a chickadee (too large). Maybe a thrush? They were in the vicinity this spring.
I saw signs of deer rutting in a concentrated area near the lake, so I set out my camera to see if I could catch a picture of a buck - I have never caught one with antlers. And sure enough, one made an appearance in just a few days.
And about an hour later, a doe.
Mating season for White-tail deer in New Hampshire takes place in late November, followed by a 201-day gestation period, resulting in fawns born in early June.
I got a second picture of a buck - I don't know if it's the same one, but it looks to have a bigger set of antlers. One of the points is broken off - perhaps it has been fighting over territory and females with another buck. Look at the size of its neck!
fawn I saw back on August 2nd.
Male deer grow new antlers ever year in late summer; the size of the antlers being predominantly a function of their food source - abundant food develops larger antlers. By January the antlers will have fallen off and become a desirable food source for small rodents, an unusual twist in the food chain.
Male deer become aggressive during mating season, losing much of their usual caution - much to the benefit of hunters - and is why relatively more bucks than does are taken each year.
These deer were walking along the trail just before a beautiful sunrise, when hunting can commence, (rifle season started on Wednesday), so don't tell the hunters! ; ) And wear your orange!
|Sunlight illuminating the clouds five minutes before sunrise|